Day 3: Speeches from the Democratic National Convention

WASHINGTON — The headliners who spoke on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia included Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s pick for vice president; President Barack Obama; and Vice President Joe Biden.

A full schedule of Wednesday’s events can be found here. The description of the day’s theme is provided by the Democratic Party. Unless otherwise stated, biographical information has also been provided by the Democratic Party.

View speeches from other nights of the convention at the links below.

Theme: “Working Together”

On Wednesday speakers will take an in-depth look at just how high the stakes are in this election and how Hillary has the experience and steadiness to bring people together to tackle the big challenges and get real results.

See the full program for Wednesday evening here.

Headlining speakers

U.S. President Barack Obama 
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the White House’s website.) Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. 

Vice President Joe Biden
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the White House’s website.) Joe Biden was elected the 47th Vice President of the United States in 2008. He was previously a U.S. Senator from Delaware for 36 years and Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years.

Vice President Nominee Tim Kaine
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from his Senate website). Tim Kaine is a U.S. Senator from Virginia. He was elected to the Senate in 2012 and is the nominee of the Democratic Party for Vice President of the United States. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations and Bilateral International Development.

Leon Panetta
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the Department of Defense website.) Leon Edward Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense from July 2011 to February 2013. Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from February 2009 to June 2011. Mr. Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community. 

Additional speakers

Dr. Jill Biden

Harry Reid, U.S. Senator from Nevada and minority leader

Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor

Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. delegate to Congress

Bill DeBlasio, New York City mayor


Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly


Rev. Jesse Jackson

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Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland

Karen Weaver, Flint mayor


Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California

  Daniel Driffin HIV/AIDS activist from Georgia


Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund


Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative from Texas


Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Representative from New Mexico  


Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative from California


Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative from California


NARAL President Ilyse Hogue (This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the Pro-Choice America website.) Ilyse Hogue assumed the role of President of NARAL Pro-Choice America in February 2013. Ilyse has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America and She was featured as one of Elle Magazine’s “10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.” and was named on Washington Life’s Power 100 list.


Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee mayor


Judy Chu, U.S. Representative from California and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Brooks Bell, tech entrepreneur from North Carolina



Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Representative from New Mexico and chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


Star Jones, actress



GK Butterfield, U.S. Representative from North Carolina and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus



Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock (This is an excerpt of a bio taken from the EMILY’s List website.) Stephanie joined EMILY’s List in 2010. Before EMILY’s List, Stephanie was the national finance director for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign.




Ruben Gallego, U.S. Representative of Arizona


Jamie Dorff (Information provided by the Democratic Party.) Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Mike Duggan, Detroit mayor

Sigourney Weaver, actress

Jerry Brown, governor of California

Lee Daniels, film director

Christine Leinonen, Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada
Christine Leinonen is the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse attack in Orlando. Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada are survivors of the attack at the nightclub in Orlando.

Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Erica Smegielski
(Information provided by the Democratic Party.) Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures. Erica was featured in the ad, My Mom.

Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former D.C. Police Chief
(This is an excerpt of a bio taken from Drexel University’s website.) Commissioner Ramsey began his career with the Chicago Police Department at age 18 and rose through the ranks to deputy superintendent. He served as police chief in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2006. He joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 2008 under Mayor Michael Nutter. In 2014, he led President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force.

Angela Bassett, actress

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard
(Information provided by the Democratic Party.) Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

John Hutson, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral

Kristen Kavanaugh
Kristen Kavanaugh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Captain who deployed to Iraq. She is a member of the Truman National Security Project and co-founded the Military Acceptance Project, a California-based social justice organization dedicated to promoting acceptance of marginalized populations within the military.

Kasim Reed, Atlanta mayor

Sharon Belkofer
Sharon Belkofer is the mother of fallen Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer. Her son was killed when a suicide bomber detonated a minibus in a convoy carrying Belkofer and three other high-ranking officers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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